Celebration of Animals Service hosted by church


A church recently had an unusual congregation when there were 25 dogs, a goat and about 80 adults and children gathered for the service.

St. Finbarr's Church, Carrickmacross hosted a Celebration of Animals Service on 3rd October.


Rector, Revd. Colin McConaghie, who brought his Miniature Schnauzer, Alfie, said, “When people and animals come together in a church service you’re never quite sure what to expect but the outcome was a service full of fun, music and the odd bark as the community came together to give thanks to God for the gift of animals.

The service began with the opening prayer giving thanks for the gift of animals and the joy they bring to our lives.

The congregation sang: ‘If I Were a Butterfly,’ and Revd.Colin read the parable of the lost sheep followed by a short talk on what it’s like to lose a pet.

Revd Colin reminded the congregation how much God loves us all, animals and humans, and that He never stops searching for us.

Following prayers of thanks the next song was, ‘Lovely Jubbly’ with the congregation joining in animal actions and noises as we were reminded that God made us all. The service ended with Revd Colin praying a prayer of blessing over the animals and their owners.

Donations on the evening were for Collon Animal Sanctuary and €350 was raised for their work in caring for all sorts of animals that have been abandoned or lost.